GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Delgado defeated Darton State College 12-2 in five innings Sunday in an elimination game at the NJCAA Junior College World Series, giving longtime coach Joe Scheuermann his 900th victory with the Dolphins.
The victory doubled as Delgado’s first JUCO World Series win in five tournament appearances.
“It feels great,” Scheuermann said of the landmark victory. “For a while, I didn’t think it was coming, but we got it done. ... Number 900 is nice, but number one (in the World Series) feels a lot better. I’m a little emotional because in 1985 I came up here with my dad (Delgado founding coach “Rags” Scheuermann). He’s the reason I’m here. This one is for him.”
Daniel Lahare’s two-run homer in the fifth inning clinched the mercy-rule victory. The homer was his second of the game, following a three-run shot in the second to score Delgado’s first runs.
“It was kind of unbelievable,” Lahare said of his game-ending homer. “Rounding first base, I just lost it I was so excited.”
Delgado’s Evan Hileman pitched a complete game, allowing seven hits and two runs while striking out five.
Delgado was facing elimination after it fell 9-5 to Yavapai College late Saturday night in its World Series opener.
The Dolphins now face Harford Community College at 11 a.m. Monday in another elimination game.